Affordable homes

Tamara Birt can not believe houses remain empty while many people struggle to find a place to live. Picture: Marcella Davie www.communitypix.com.au d413820
Tamara Birt can not believe houses remain empty while many people struggle to find a place to live. Picture: Marcella Davie www.communitypix.com.au d413820

When Tamara learnt that a four bedroom home in Brookdale had been left empty and vandalised since August last year, she was in disbelief.

‘It’s ridiculous,’ she said.

‘There are people who are in a worse situation than I am. It’s just not right.’

The 25-year-old has full-time employment, spends her spare time helping disadvantaged youth better themselves through music and has references from influential figures in the community, but can’t seem to find an affordable place to live.

As a result, Tamara is now living in her mother’s spare Brookdale bedroom while she continues the house hunt that has already lasted three months.

‘I was living in a one-bedroom unit for the past four years, but they kept putting the price up and it just got too expensive,’ she said.

‘When I first moved in, it was $250 a week and it kept increasing every six months.

‘Before Christmas it had increased to $295 a week and I just couldn’t afford it any more.’

Tamara now spends her spare time house hunting, but that is only half the battle.

‘When I finally find a place, I try and talk to them (real estate agents) seriously about it, but they just look at you and suddenly become uninterested,’ she said.

‘They always go for the couples.’

Tamara is not holding her breath, but she is prepared to stay and wait it out in Brookdale until she finds something.